Library Impact Stories

Libraries have the power to change lives.  Following are stories of real Highland City Library patrons and how the Library has impacted their lives.

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  1. HIVEs
  2. The Wadsworth Family
  3. The Bushman Family
  4. The Rees Family
  5. Jenifer and Sarah
  6. The Johnson Family
  7. The Murdock Family
  8. The Craig Family
  9. Lowell Nelson
  10. Diana Elder
  11. Jacqueline Roettger

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HIVEs Adult Educational Activity Program

The weather outside doesn’t matter. When the participants of the HIVEs group enter the Highland City Library, they bring sunshine with them. These adults with disabilities are interested in everything and everyone they see. Some like wandering the library a bit while others enjoy sitting on the large sofa, listening to stories and looking at pictures.

Each month one of the library staff prepares a presentation for them. These usually have a theme. For example, the October session included Halloween books, a game searching for a ghost, a craft decorating a pumpkin face, and songs with actions. Each of the participants took part, some enthusiastically singing, others humming or moving to the music.

HIVEs in an acronym for Habilitation/Independence/Vocation/Education/ Socialization. It allows participants who live at home to be able to get out into the community. Michelle Holbrook, one of the instructors at HIVEs, says that visits to the library impact the participants in very positive ways. They feel very welcome and comfortable, they are able to sharpen skills and have fun, they participate in a variety of activities, they learn from the presentations, and they are able to socialize during craft time.

The participants are eager to comment on their happy library visits. Mark and Mason both report that they think the library is “pretty cool,” and they loved making sock puppets. Curtis shared their enthusiasm, remarking, “Crafts is my favorite part.” Brandon enjoyed the Halloween lesson, and Kelly liked the vampire book. Trista is glad the librarians put pictures from the books on a screen, making it easier to see.

The group also benefits the library. There are displays of kindness as some help others with the crafts. These adults bring great enthusiasm for simple things like colorful pictures or creative songs. Some are friendly with other library patrons, spreading their excitement.

Donna Cardon, library director, is also excited about the group, saying, “Presenting the HIVEs program is one of the highlights of the month. The HIVEs group is the best audience ever! They enjoy the activities and work hard on the craft projects. I love singing the songs with them and getting their ‘high fives’ at the end of the program. Michelle Holbrook, Stefanie Colledge, and their co-workers couldn’t be more gracious.”

We all agree that the atmosphere is always sunny when the HIVEs group comes to the library.

The Highland City Library provides educational story programs for about 500 toddlers, pre-schoolers, special needs adults and a grandparent/grandchild pairs each month. Storytimes build community.